To build my family trees prior to 2019, I used Ancestry and FamilySearch. Like most people I ended up stuck. I couldn’t figure out why I hit so many brick walls.
I felt like I needed a professional to help me. As I searched for one, my family said “You love history, reading, and playing detective. Why don’t you learn how to do the genealogy work yourself?” Wow does family know us!
Reading the resumes of top genealogy researchers doing the work, they all had the credential Certified Genealogist®. It looked like a worthy goal. How did each person get to Certified Genealogist®? In most cases it seemed mostly self-study. Solitary hours obtaining archival records, reading history texts, transcribing, analyzing, writing, and citing sources. The skills learned in webinars and classrooms took hours of practice to master.
I asked myself: Did I want to spend hours daily pursuing the skills for credentialing? I realized the skills of a Certified Genealogist® is what I need to complete family history research. Everyone’s research, not just my research. To get unstuck, I needed the skills to work with missing records, complex family lives, and migration. Just to name a few!
I am on the path to a certification in genealogy. Like our ancestors’ journeys, it is full of hopes and expectations. On the blog I’ll share my study process and mindset in my self-study. My hope is it makes someone else’s journey easier and successful. I invite you to follow along!